We have all heard of down, synthetic, wool, and even alpaca insulation, but llama? In a new line of jackets for fall, Cotopaxi is bringing the humble domesticated camelid into the spotlight. Fitting for the company with the llama for a mascot.
Llama insulation is an all-natural, biodegradable fiber produced by llamas raised in their natural environment, the Andes Mountains of South America. The fiber is hand-shorn annually with no harm done to the animals.
Unlike sheep’s wool, llama wool contains no lanolin, so no chemical agents are used in processing. The fibers are naturally soft, so they don’t require “super-washing” or a resin coating that is typically part of the softening process for merino wool. Llama fleece is naturally hypoallergenic and comfortable, even for sensitive skin.
Llama fiber is incredibly strong and easy to clean. It is washable and air-dries quickly. Naturally stain-resistant and antimicrobial, llama fiber is also highly durable and resilient, and won’t mat or pill. In other words, your llama insulated jacket will be around for many seasons.
A single layer of llama fleece provides a comfort range of 50 degrees for jackets–a comparable synthetic layer provides a comfort range of just 15 to 20 degrees. Llama-fleece fibers are hollow, so garments provide superior insulation and efficient moisture regulation. The fibers shed excess moisture when damp and retain moisture when dry, maintaining just the right amount of moisture next to the skin to keep you comfortable in all types of weather.